Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 38, Issue 7, July 2009

Bacterial skin infections An observational study

David King Deborah A Askew Geoffrey K Mitchell Geoffrey Spurling
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We aimed to determine the feasibility of measuring resolution rates of bacterial skin infections in general practice.
Clinicians need to be aware that nonhealing is not infrequent, particularly in indigenous people.
Of 93 recruited participants, 60 (65%) were followed up at 2 and 6 weeks: 50% (30) had boils, 37% (22) had impetigo, 83% (50) were prescribed antibiotics, and active follow up was suggested for 47% (28). Thirty percent (18) and 15% (9) of participants had nonhealed lesions at 2 and 6 weeks respectively. No associations between nonhealing and any modifiable factors investigated were identified. However, indigenous patients were more likely to have nonhealed lesions at 2 weeks and new lesions at 6 weeks.

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